DIY Rabbit Hutch
DIY rabbit hutch? Lots of people build their own. While you can buy a hutch, it may cost quite a bit. It may also not be as sturdy as you require. A rabbit hutch is like a mini barn. It provides your rabbit with shade, protection from sun, wind, rain and snow, and keeps predators out. Keeping this in mind will help you build a solid hutch that will keep your rabbit safe for years to come.
When you are planning your hutch, you may be tempted to make it very large so your rabbit has a lot of room. While giving your pet lots of space is admirable, you also want to keep the size small enough that you can easily clean every inch of it and catch your rabbit when you need to. Designing your hutch to be too deep or long for your arms can make owning a rabbit very frustrating.
You also want to consider where your DIY rabbit hutch will be located. You want it to have ample shade in the summer, yet be protected during rain and wind. You don't want it to be hard to access or to obstruct someone's view.
Once you have the perfect place in mind, it is time to start designing your hutch. The simplest way to build one is to build or buy a wire cage and enclose it with a few walls, a waterproof roof and set it on some legs. A hutch like this will keep your rabbit safe and secure and be fairly easy on your pocketbook.
Your DIY rabbit hutch should use solid 2 by 4s to make the frame for the wire cage. They give lots of space to anchor all the parts together for sturdiness. You could also use metal for the legs if you set them into the ground so the hutch could not be tipped over. Plywood can be used for walls to protect your pet from wind and sun. Once the walls are set up securely, consider painting the outside to help protect the plywood from the weather.
The roof can be covered with shingles, corrugated metal or fiberglass or other waterproof roofing materials. Metal is not a good idea if your rabbit's hutch gets a lot of sun. If it is located in a shady area, it won't be a problem. Shingles are waterproof, but they can get heavy if you need to move the hutch or have a roof that lifts up. If you opt for the corrugated fiberglass, try to get a solid color, not the see-through variety. The solid colored fiberglass blocks the Sun's rays and will keep your pet cooler in hot weather.
When you are putting your DIY rabbit hutch together, try to keep your wood positioned so the rabbit cannot chew it easily. This is easily done during framing. If all else fails, cover the wood with small wire like hardware cloth so your pet can't eat it. Attaching the plywood to the outside of the 2 by 4s leaves a small space between the wire cage and the outside walls. This is fine, in fact, it will protect your plywood from the rabbit.
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